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Executive Director

Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon
Deadline: April 14, 2022 - May 31, 2022


Name: Sherry Peters

Phone: 13062277261




May 31, 2022

Start Date: September 2022

Persephone Theatre creates in misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) in Treaty 6 territory, which includes the Nêhiyawak (Cree) as original signatories and became the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation. We also extend our appreciation to the Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda, Saulteaux and Round Prairie Métis peoples for their contributions in establishing our city of Saskatoon.
Persephone sits amidst an increasingly vibrant city centre and attracts a loyal and diverse audience looking for the very best in theatre experiences. From its busy mainstage, studio stage, and rehearsal halls; to its theatre school and youth programming; and the many events held in its venue, Persephone Theatre has established itself as a cultural hub.
Saskatoon is a city full of potential and energy, with a quality of life that is unattainable in many other centres. The successful Executive Director will have the opportunity to co-lead one of Canada’s fastest-growing cultural communities, in a position where they can make a difference.

The Call
Persephone Theatre is looking for an individual who, in partnership with the Artistic Director, can provide strategic leadership and manage the administrative aspects of Persephone Theatre’s operations and programs, in a manner that propels the theatre toward being a vital presence in the community. To be this presence, Persephone uses its resources generously as a creative hub, and as a respectful, inclusive space that provides artists with opportunities for mentorship, training, and professional development.
Persephone Theatre is committed to, and in the process of, reflecting the rich diversity of our community in the stories we tell and the ways in which we undertake the creative work. Persephone is striving to prioritize a workplace culture that is centred in equity, inclusion, and authentic representation. Persephone’s work in these areas is ongoing and is part of the continued growth and development in this theatre. Persephone strongly encourages submissions from members of equity deserving communities, which includes (but is not limited to) IBPOC individuals, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, or individuals who are Deaf or have disabilities.

The Theatre
Persephone Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre that owns a comprehensive theatre facility located on the bank of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River. Persephone regularly produces a 4-6 show Main Stage series, a Youth series that includes a provincial school tour, and occasional productions and special events in our studio theatre. The building includes:
•Two theatres:
The Rawlco Radio Hall (400 seats) used for Persephone Theatre programming and community rentals.
The Backstage Stage (100 seats) predominately to be used as an affordable and accessible space by the theatre community.
•Two rehearsal halls
•Fully equipped construction shops, production facilities, classrooms, and offices

The Candidate
The Executive Director will lead a staff of approximately 20 and be responsible for;
• providing team-based, collaborative leadership that delivers on the priorities of the Theatre.
• collaboratively working with the Artistic Director to develop fiscally responsible programming, including season planning from a costing perspective.
• preparing the annual budgets, providing regular financial updates to the board, including quarterly reporting to the finance committee.
• optimizing the effectiveness of Persephone Theatre’s operations.
• reporting to and advising the Board of Directors on strategic issues and directions.
• engaging public interest to ensure the continued support and growth of Persephone Theatre.
• working successfully with a wide variety of people to help Persephone Theatre thrive and grow.
• overseeing the annual audit, ensuring sufficient cash flow, ensuring financial accountability to the community.
• overseeing Persephone’s Human Resource functions and managing direct reports.
The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors and will work in partnership with the Artistic Director to manage the long-term strategic goals of the organization and daily activities, in manner that moves forward the theatre’s Mission and ensures the company remains a resilient and sustainable organization.

Key competencies include:
• Leadership and Personal Accountability – The capacity to organize and motivate other people with a sense of purpose and direction while being accountable for personal and professional actions.
• Financial Responsibility – Holds financial responsibility for all aspects of the theatre, including revenue generation. Collaborates with the Artistic Director to develop financially sound programming, ensuring a successful financial balance.
• Teamwork, Diplomacy, and Employee Development – The ability to treat others fairly while facilitating and supporting the professional growth of others and achieving business results through teamwork.
• People Focus – The commitment to connecting with artists, patrons, board members, staff, volunteers, and the Saskatoon community.
• Planning, Organizing, and Managing Time and Priorities – The ability to identify top priorities, anticipate outcomes and risks, and establish appropriate courses of action.

• Theatre management experience in a not-for-profit environment;
• Education in a relevant field and/or experience in financial management and human resources are considered assets

The successful Executive Director will be an accomplished senior leader with a passion for the arts and a track record of being:
• collaborative and able to foster teamwork on the stage, in the community, and in the hallways;
• generous with their knowledge, their time, and with the resources of the theatre;
• equitable and inclusive of those who have not traditionally been involved in the theatre;
• courageous, with a willingness to learn and evolve;
• open minded with an ability to make and hold space for staff and artists to grow;
• an agent of change who can develop and articulate a clear vision for the Theatre that considers the perspectives of artists, audiences and other members of the Saskatoon community;
• effective at building strong and meaningful connections with artists, audiences, staff, volunteers, community members, funders and donors;
• a strong understanding of effective donor stewardship and solicitation of individual and major gifts;
• able to deliver on the strategic priorities of the Theatre in partnership with the Artistic Director and in balance with the overall health of the Theatre;
• a collaborative leader with a strong desire to transform theatre in the 21st century;
• a financial manager with experience in in budgeting, reporting, and overseeing an annual audit;
• demonstrated financial skills in budgeting, financial management, and reporting; and
• experience reporting to and supporting a Board of Directors.

• Salary range: $75,000 - $90,000
• Benefits: Group insurance, health, dental, life insurance, and parking.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact us at
Send cover letter and resume to .
Apply early as interviews will begin in May. The search will remain open until filled.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Prior to their date of hire the successful candidate must provide:
• an acceptable Criminal Records Check
• proof of COVID19 vaccination